PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have released a sweet photo of daughter Lilibet to mark the tot’s first birthday.
In the adorable candid shot, snapped by close family friend Misan Harriman during Lili’s birthday party last weekend, the little one beams in a pale blue dress.
A gorgeous shot of Meghan and Harry’s daughter Lilibet has been released to mark her first birthday
Candid photos of the family were taken during the birthday party at Frogmore Cottage by close family friend Misan Harriman
Little Lili one has bright red hair, just like her famous dad. The Sussexes held a low-key garden picnic to celebrate during the weekendCredit: Avalon.red
The picture captures her bright red hair – which has clearly been inherited from her royal dad Harry.
A second black and white shot shows Meghan holding her daughter in her arms and smiling for the camera.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as their three-year-old son Archie, celebrated Lili’s birthday while they were in the UK for the Queen’s Jubilee.
Close friends and family were invited to a low-key garden picnic at Frogmore Cottage.
Zara and Mike Tindall’s children Mia, eight, Lena, three, and Lucas, one, are believed to have attended, along with Peter Phillips’ and Autumn Kelly’s daughters Savannah, 11, and Isla, ten.
Other guests expected at the birthday celebration included Archie’s godfather Charlie Van Straubenzee, and Charlie’s brother Tom, Princess Charlotte’s godfather.
Sources said: “It was a lovely do and had everything you’d expect from a child’s birthday party.
“But there was no formal entertainment.
“The idea was for it to be very relaxed and casual, with people free to pop in and out as they wished.
“It was a nice opportunity for the other royal children to meet Lilibet for the first time.”
The famous one-year-old was inundated birthday greetings, according to a spokesperson who said her parents were ““incredibly touched by the countless birthday wishes for their daughter”.
Although the party was a relaxed affair – “a casual, intimate backyard picnic at Frogmore Cottage” to mark her big day – the lucky Lili received many gorgeous presents.
Harry and Meghan thanked well wishers around the world who donated more than $100,000 – or £80,000 to a charity in Lili’s honour.
World Central Kitchen provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crisis, so donations were a kind gesture to mark Lili’s special occasion.
One of Lili’s favourite presents was a £75 pink Volkswagen Beetle ride-on toy, which had been spotted in Selfridges, it’s believed.
Violet Bakery’s Claire Ptak, who produced Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding cake, created a custom cake for the special day, Harper’s Bazaar reports.
Photographer Ms Harriman wrote on her Twitter account: “It was such a privilege to celebrate the first birthday of Lilibet with my family and hers! Joy and face painting all around.”
A spokesperson for the Sussexes also revealed tonight that more than $100,000 was donated to the World Central Kitchen in honour of Lilibet’s birthday.
The charity provides meals to those in need, and has most recently opened a kitchen in Uvalde, Texas after the school shooting.
Over the weekend, members of the Royal Family shared sweet birthday tributes to little Lilibet.
Lili’s namesake Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Duchess Kate, and Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla were among those to send their love.
Unfortunately, the tot’s cousins were unable to join her party as Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended a royal engagement in Cardiff, while the little Prince Louis stayed at home.
The Queen also met Lilibet face-to-face for the first time in a private meeting over the long weekend.
The Sun exclusively revealed that Her Majesty banned photographs from being taken as she held Lili.
Meghan and Harry wanted to bring a private snapper in to capture their daughter’s first face-to-face meeting with The Queen.
However, they were told “no” as it was feared they’d share the pic with US TV networks, it’s claimed.
It’s understood the monarch sat down with the family on Thursday.
It’s not known if she was in attendance at Lilibet’s birthday party, which took place after she backed out of two key events when she suffered “discomfort” on the first day of celebrations.
The Sussexes returned to California on Sunday before the end of the Jubilee festivities.
They publicly attended just one event, the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s, although they were also spotted watching Trooping the Colour from a window at the Major General’s Office.
They did not acknowledge or exchange eye contact with the Cambridges during the service, and it’s believed the couples didn’t meet privately during the weekend.
The family returned to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrationsCredit: Splash
Harry and Meghan were seen smiling at each other during the serviceCredit: Reuters